Friday June 3, 2016 at 9:00 AM EDT
Monday June 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM EDT

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Mount Sinai Hospital Boardroom 
600 University Ave.
19th Floor
Toronto, ON M5G 1X5

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Kyla Pretty 
Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute 
416-586-4800 x8714 

Narrative Healthcare Atelier
Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute

Visiting Keynote Speaker: Rita Charon, MD, PhD

Course Directors: Allan Peterkin, MD & Michael Roberts, MD

Guest Faculty: Ronna Bloom MEd, Allison Crawford MD, Bill Gayner MSW, LJ Nelles MFA, PhD (candidate) & Shelley Wall PhD

Explore and reflect critically on your identity, practices, challenges, personal and professional growth as health providers using narrative, storytelling and arts-based learning in order to improve clinical outcomes and to humanize your experiences within complex healthcare contexts. Themes related to the hidden curriculum, professionalism and relationship-centred care will be explored through visual, cinematic and literary texts including fiction, drama and poetry.

This intensive, interactive atelier applies narrative theory and reflective practice in interprofessional patient-centred healthcare, research and education.  It aims to:  enliven your engagement and collaboration as clinicians and educators from all disciplines; support best practices as teachers, clinicians and lifelong learners; transform the paradigm of your daily professional practice with a renewed commitment to the core values of humanistic healthcare

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Analyze and critique the principles and practices of narrative-based healthcare and research.
  • Utilize and deepen interpretive and evaluative skills of close reading and reflective writing with a view to enhance diagnosis and treatment
  • Employ narrative practices to champion creatively patient-centred care and reflective practice in their interprofessional clinical and/or teaching settings.

Narrative Atelier Certificate Program

For those who with so apply to the Certificate Program beyond the 4-day atelier, additional participation will be required, with individualized, supervised learning activites, reflective writing and assignments focused on health humanities program development.  Evaluation of competency will include both written and verbal feedback.

  1. Participants must complete a scholarly article and narrative reflections. Individualized written assessment and longitudinal feedback will be provided by workshop faculty.
  2. In consultation with workshop faculty, participants will also develop a two-year outline/action plan on how they will incorporate narrative practice into teaching and/or patient care, with an evaluation framework, for the milieux in which they work.


Fees & Registration

In response to very helpful feedback and in order to make the Narrative Atelier more accessible to learners from multiple disciplines, we have created the following fee structure for the workshop:

Non-Physician Clinicians/Educators: $1000
Physicians:   $1500

Certificate Fee:   $ 500 (additional fee; by application only)

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

A $50.00 handling fee will be deducted upon cancellation.  Refund requests must be received in writing at least 2 weeks prior to the start date.  No refunds will be given after this time.